rheumatic heart disease: Meaning and Definition of

rheumat'ic heart' disease"

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— Pathol. Pathol.
  1. damage to the heart, esp. to the valves, as a result of rheumatic fever, characterized by inflammation of the myocardium or scarring and malfunction of the heart valves.
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